Annex A - Australia’s standards and conformance infrastructure

The department has a strong relationship with all members of Australia’s standards and conformance infrastructure. Australia’s peak standards and conformance organisations are:

  • The National Measurement Institute (NMI)
  • Standards Australia
  • The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
  • The Joint Accreditation System of Australian and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)

This infrastructure works within international and regional frameworks to ensure that Australia is at the cutting edge of standards and conformance practice.

Australia’s Standards and Conformance Infrastructure

National Measurement Institute (NMI)

NMI is responsible for the administration of the National Measurement Act and for advising Australian Government on measurement issues. NMI ensures Australia’s measurement standards are at a level comparable to those of its major trading partners, and that industry, commerce, government authorities and the general community can have confidence in transactions based on measurement.

Standards Australia

Standards Australia is Australia’s peak standards development organisation. It is charged by the Australian Government to meet Australia’s need for contemporary, internationally aligned Standards and related services. The work of Standards Australia enhances the nation’s economic efficiency and contributes to community demand for a safe and sustainable environment.

National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)

NATA is recognised by the Australian Government as “Australia’s key organisation for the development of knowledge, international experience and recognition in accreditation of inspection bodies, testing and measurement laboratories, proficiency testing scheme providers and producers of reference materials. NATA accreditation is recognised by other bodies throughout the world via NATA’s signatory status to Mutual Recognition Arrangements.

Joint Accreditation System of Australian and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)

JAS-ANZ established by the Australian and New Zealand governments to strengthen the trading relationship between the two countries with other countries. JAS-ANZ delivers a joint accreditation system that strengthens national, Trans-Tasman and international trade. JAS-ANZ accredited certifiers and inspection bodies operate in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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